Issues: Aging

Children and seniors rally on the steps of City Hall in an attempt to save their Williamsburg community center

Developer Harry Einhorn paid $4.5 million to buy the building that houses the Swinging Sixties Senior Center and Small World Day Care Center, and offered a lease that they can't afford to pay.BY Marco Poggio NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Children and seniors took to the steps of City Hall Tuesday to ask the city to buy their Williamsburg community center so they won’t be put out on the street.

July 16, 2014
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At Senior Symposium, Senator Kennedy Announces New Legislation to Save Seniors Money

Over 300 senior citizens from the 63rd Senate District, covering Buffalo, Cheektowaga and Lackawanna, join Kennedy at outreach event to gain access to state agencies, local service-providers.

Kennedy presents state honors, the New York State Senate Liberty Medal, to World War II veterans from WNY.

July 15, 2014
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein Announces Funding Grant for New Women’s Wellness Program at Riverdale Senior Services

RIVERDALE, NY -  State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) announced a $100,000 grant he secured for Riverdale Senior Services that will go towards a newly created Women’s Wellness program open to women across the Bronx.

 

July 14, 2014
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Sanders Thanks NYC Council for $253,000 Rochdale Village NORC Funding Restoration

Late yesterday, the New York City Council adopted a $75 billion dollar city budget for fiscal year 2015. Included within the new budget is a $253,000 appropriation to fund the Rochdale Village Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC).

Rochdale Village's NORC was scheduled to close next month after its application for a renewal of funding was declined by the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) due to projected budget constraints.

Upon learning of the NORC’s impending discontinuation, New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale) immediately convened a meeting between him, his aides and DFTA Commissioner Donna Corrado, to urge the program's funding be renewed.

June 26, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Senators Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins Celebrate Win for Compassionate Care

Albany, NY—Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) hailed the passage of the Compassionate Care Act on Friday. The legislation establishes the state’s first medical marijuana program and includes provisions to ensure that the drug is reserved only for patients with serious conditions to prevent abuse. The program will be effective in 18 months.

June 23, 2014
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Senate Passes Valesky-Sponsored Legislation to Protect Seniors from Scams

ALBANY - The Senate passed legislation, sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida), that will protect senior citizens from deception by professionals who use senior-specific designations. The bill requires anyone using such a designation to disclose its source in advertisements and to prospective clients.

In an effort to bring in clients who are seniors, professionals often pursue licensure, registration or some sort of independent designation that requires specialized training in senior issues. However, it is important that seniors are aware of the source of these designations so they can be sure any claim is legitimate.

June 18, 2014
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Senator Klein Hosts Women's Wellness Lunch, Commemorating Bronx Women's Wellness Week

BRONX, NY -  Senator Klein hosted a luncheon on Saturday commemorating participation by nearly 200 Bronx women in Women's Wellness Week, a project launched by the US Department of Health and run by Urban Health Plan and the YMCA. Last year, Senator Klein secured $50,000 in funding to support Urban Health Plan's Women's Wellness Week program, which consisted of free health screenings, exercise classes and counseling aimed at helping women develop healthy habits. 

June 16, 2014
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Senate Passes Package of Bills to Fight the Financial Exploitation of Senior Citizens

The New York State Senate has passed a package of eight bills to prevent criminals from using financial schemes to prey upon senior citizens. The measures were recommended in a report released by the Senate Majority Coalition in May that examined this growing issue that affects thousands of senior New Yorkers each year. The type of elder abuse relating to financial exploitation involves the illegal taking, misuse, or concealment of funds, property, or assets of a senior for someone else's benefit. It can result in the significant monetary loss for the victim, and in some cases, a person’s entire life savings. Financial exploitation can range from the theft of cash, to much more elaborate schemes. 

June 12, 2014
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Senate Passes Valesky-Sponsored Elder Financial Abuse Legislation

Legislation sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) protecting seniors from financial abuse passed the Senate today.

Sen. Valesky, chair of the Senate Aging Committee, released a report on May 6 that shows financial abuse amongst New York's seniors to be more prevalent than initially thought, with much higher rates of undocumented incidents that actually exist. Data obtained by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services project a surge in the number of cases of financial abuse by the year 2030, with nearly 200,000 incidents predicted to occur.

June 12, 2014
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Senate Passes Valesky-Sponsored Legislation to Direct $10m in Supportive Housing Funds Upstate

ALBANY—The State Senate passed legislation (S.7305) sponsored by Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) that specifically directs funding to Upstate New York from the supportive housing development program.

Supportive housing models include inclusive design for those who may have physical impairments and often offer a variety of services including activities, transportation, an on-site service coordinator, amenities, meals and support for residents’ health-related services.

June 10, 2014
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ELDER ABUSE COALITION PARTNERS, SENATOR VALESKY JOIN TO FIGHT ELDER FINANCIAL ABUSE

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Today, a coalition of advocates from the Syracuse Area Domestic & Sexual Violence Coalition's Elder Abuse & Justice Committees joined State Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) to draw attention to the serious issue of elder financial abuse and to invite the community to a special presentation, “Physical & Financial Fitness,” in recognition of the 9th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

June 6, 2014
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Protecting Seniors from Elder Abuse

There a major push in Albany to protect the elderly from financial abuse. According to state officials, more than ever before, elderly residents of New York State are now the target of scams and thefts. To protect consumers, State Senators Patrick Gallivan (R-Elma) and David Valesky (D-Oneida) are pitching new legislation. The series of bills would amend state law to toughen penalties for offenders and give banks the authority to reject financial transactions that appear to exploit the elderly. "Our goal shouldn't be to just reduce elder abuse, it should be to eliminate it," says Gallivan.

May 22, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Aging Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Aging Senator David J. Valesky, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Room 511 LOB

May 20, 10:00 AM - 10:04 AM
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Seward Honors New York's Top Senior Citizens

ALBANY, 05/12/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) recently congratulated New York State’s top senior citizens as part of the New York State Office for the Aging 2014 Senior Citizens Day Celebration in Albany.

“Our senior citizens are vital, instrumental members of our communities,” said Senator Seward.   “The extremely active seniors honored today fulfill significant roles – volunteering with local ambulance companies, managing area food pantries, and holding elected office.”  

May 12, 2014
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Senator Carlucci Recognize Rockland Residents at Albany Senior Day

ALBANY- Senator David Carlucci along with Assemblymembers Jaffee & Zerbowski recognized seniors at the New York State Senior Citizen's Day today for demonstrating a power to make a difference through civic engagement in their community. This year's honorees are James Finn of West Nyack, Bella Shore of Grand View and Lily Klaver of Nanuet. Combined they have been volunteering for over 60 years across a variety of agencies and services in the county and State.

May 9, 2014
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Committee Meeting: Aging Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Aging Senator David J. Valesky, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Room 511 LOB

May 13, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Schuyler County's Tony Vickio, other area senior volunteers honored at State Capitol as part of Senior Citizens Day celebration

Albany, N.Y., May 6—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) welcomed senior citizen volunteers from Chemung and Schuyler counties to the State Capitol today as part of the 2014 Senior Citizens Day Celebration sponsored by the New York State Office for the Aging.

May 7, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN, SENATOR VALESKY RELEASE REPORT EXPOSING THE HIGH PREVALENCE OF ELDERLY ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION IN NEW YORK STATE

With Senior Population on the Rise, Experts Predict a Higher Number of Incidents Involving Financial Abuse towards Our Most Vulnerable New Yorkers

 

May 6, 2014
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Chemung County, other area senior volunteers honored at Senior Citizens Day event at State Capitol

Albany, N.Y., May 6—New York State Senator Tom O’Mara (R-C, Big Flats), Assemblyman Chris Friend (R-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) welcomed senior citizen volunteers from Chemung and Schuyler counties to the State Capitol today as part of the 2014 Senior Citizens Day Celebration sponsored by the New York State Office for the Aging.

May 6, 2014
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